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Texas Laws | Natural Resources Code
NATURAL RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 12. WETLANDS

(ii) the boundaries of which are within a county that has a population of 3.3 million or more; and (14878)

(iii) that is authorized under other law to participate in a program under this chapter. (14879)

(3) "Federal requirement" means a requirement of the federal government contained in a statute, regulation, or guideline for an eligible mitigation bank program or a wetland regulation program. (14880)

(4) "Mitigation bank" means a parcel of land that has undergone or is proposed to undergo a physical change necessary to create or optimize the acreage or quality of wetland habitat on the parcel expressly to provide a mitigation credit to offset an adverse impact to wetland caused by an approved project located elsewhere. (14881)

(5) "Mitigation credit" means a unit of measured area that supports wetland habitat or wetland habitat value that did not exist at the mitigation bank site before the mitigation bank was developed. (14882)

(6) "Wetland" means land that: (14883)

(A) has a predominance of hydric soil; (14884)

(B) is inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support a prevalence of hydrophytic vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions; and (14885)

(C) under normal circumstances does support a prevalence of that vegetation. (14886)

(7) "Wetland regulation program" means a program of the state, a state agency, or an eligible political subdivision under which the state, agency, or subdivision administers its own individual or general permit program regulating the use of wetland. (14887)

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 24.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 669, Sec. 114, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. (14888)

Sec. 221.002. USE OF MONEY. (14889)(Text)

A state agency or an eligible political subdivision may use any money to accomplish a purpose of this chapter. (14890)

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 24.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (14891)

Sec. 221.003. COST OF MOVING OR CHANGING FACILITY. (14892)(Text)

If a state agency, eligible political subdivision, or nonprofit corporation, in exercising a power under this chapter, makes it necessary to move, raise, lower, reroute, or change the grade of or alter the construction of a pipeline, highway, railroad, electric transmission or distribution line, or telephone or telegraph property or facility, the agency, subdivision, or corporation must bear the sole expense of the action. (14893)

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 24.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (14894)

SUBCHAPTER B. WETLAND MITIGATION BANKING AND CONTRACTS (14895)(Text)
Sec. 221.021. ACTIONS TO ESTABLISH OR MAINTAIN MITIGATION BANK. (14896)(Text)

(a) With the approval of the General Land Office, a state agency or eligible political subdivision may take any necessary and reasonable action to comply with a federal requirement to establish or maintain a mitigation bank. An action under this section may include: (14897)

(1) authorizing or making a continuing study of wetland areas and wetland mitigation programs; (14898)

(2) consistent with federal requirements, engaging in a wetland mitigation program and adopting and enforcing permanent land use and control measures on land the agency or subdivision owns in a mitigation bank; (14899)

(3) consulting with, providing information to, and entering into an agreement with a federal agency to identify and publish information about wetland areas; (14900)

(4) cooperating with a federal or state agency in connection with a study or investigation regarding the adequacy of a local measure with respect to a federal or state wetland program; (14901)

(5) improving the long-range management or use of wetland or a wetland mitigation bank; (14902)

(6) purchasing, leasing, condemning, or otherwise acquiring property inside or outside the eligible political subdivision that is necessary for a wetland mitigation bank or buffer zone and, as necessary, improving the land or other property as a wetland mitigation bank, including any adjacent buffer zone, to comply with a federal requirement; (14903)

(7) requesting or receiving aid from a federal or state agency or an eligible political subdivision; (14904)

(8) purchasing, selling, or contracting to purchase or sell a mitigation credit in a mitigation bank; (14905)

(9) incurring a liability or borrowing money on terms approved by the governing body of the subdivision; (14906)

(10) acquiring, holding, using, selling, leasing, or disposing of real or personal property, including a license, patent, right, or interest, that is necessary, convenient, or useful for the full exercise of a power under this chapter; (14907)

(11) contracting with any operator to use or operate any part of a mitigation bank; and (14908)

(12) procuring any type of insurance and paying an insurance premium in an amount the governing body of the eligible political subdivision considers necessary or advisable. (14909)

(b) The power of eminent domain granted by this section does not enable a state agency or eligible political subdivision to acquire by condemnation an interest in land that is owned or used by a public utility. In this subsection, "public utility" has the meaning assigned by the Public Utility Regulatory Act of 1995 (Article 1446c-0, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes). (14910)

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